Yemen

Yemen: Sa'ada Emergency Situation Report No. 6

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This report was issued by the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Yemen. It covers the period from 10 September to 13 September 2009. The next report will be issued on or around 16 September 2009.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

- The Yemen Flash Appeal, launched on 02 September for US$23.75 million, has still not received any funding. Agencies are using reserve funds and the CERF to finance their activities.

-The Director of OCHA New York arrived in Yemen on 11 September for a 4-day fact-finding mission. From 14 -15 September, he accompanied an interagency mission to Al Mazrak camp in Hajjah governorate.

- Continued security and land ownership concerns in Khaiwan site in Amran Governorate have prompted the Government to request that humanitarian agencies leave the site until issues with the local community are resolved.

- The proposed UN mission to Baqim via Saudi Arabia is still on hold pending issuance of visas.

- Registration figures in Sa'ada city have been verified, with a total of 4,798 families (33,586 people) in Sa'ada town (not in camps).

- Land lines have been reconnected in Sa'ada since 10 September for a few hours per day.

- On 14 September, Islamic Relief resumed distribution of WFP food to IDPs in Sa'ada town.

II. Situation Overview

The security situation in Sa'ada remains extremely tense and volatile as clashes between Al Houthi groups and Yemeni security forces continue across the Governorate. Agencies' ability to provide assistance in the area is still hindered by insecurity, and information about conditions inside the conflict areas is still limited, although landlines have been reconnected since 10 September for a few hours per day. The Deputy Health Minister informed agencies on 13 September that the government is working towards establishing full connection of the telephones. New IDPs from Sa'ada are arriving in Hajjah since they have heard that assistance is available.

The planned UN mission to Baqim via Saudi Arabia is still on hold pending the issuance of visas. Discussions are ongoing regarding the pre-positioning of stocks in Saudi Arabia to then be moved down into Sa'ada; the Minister of Health (who is also the Head of the Technical Committee) has advised that assessments or distribution of goods should not be conducted at this stage due to increased insecurity in the Baqim district. Continued security concerns in Khaiwan camp, Amran (see CCCM below) have prompted the Government to request that humanitarian agencies leave the site until issues with the local community are resolved. The delay has left the 500 IDP families that were expecting to settle in the camp (mostly female-headed households) without access to assistance. The registration of IDPs in and around Khaiwan is expected to begin in the coming days; agencies are coordinating with local authorities to verify lists of some 8,000 IDPs across 11 locations in Amran. Civilians trapped in the conflict areas because of blocked roads are highly vulnerable and have little access to basic services.

The humanitarian community estimates there to be around 150,000 IDPs; approximately 60 percent of whom are in Sa'ada Governorate. The majority of IDPs are not staying in camps; they are either with host families, scattered in open areas or staying in schools, barns, etc. There is no record of assistance having been provided to IDPs in Harf Sufyan up to now.

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